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Opera Review: Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì in the Met’s ‘La Bohème’ + MORE

The rising soprano Sonya Yoncheva stepped into the role of Mimì in “La Bohème” at the Metropolitan Opera..... More »
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SCO Musicians Excel as Soloists in Strauss Concertos + MORE

 Mozart, R Strauss: Maximiliano Martín (clarinet), Peter Whelan (bassoon), Alec Frank-Gemill (horn), Clemens Schuldt (conductor), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 3.4.2014 (SRT) Mozart:    Symphony in D, K. 203 Symphony No. 36 in C “Linz” Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 D.... More »
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Southrepps Festival trios + MORE

These three - violinist Agata Daraskaite, pianist Martin James Bartlett and my cellist/conductor pal Jonathan Bloxham - were central in both senses to the trio of concerts I caught at tenor/conductor Ben Johnson's Southrepps Classical Music Festival in deepest Norfolk, as world-class this year as it.... More »
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Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony, Symphony No 4 CD review – raw splendour + MORE

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Manze(Onyx)The first two symphonies in this Vaughan Williams series with Andrew Manze conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra met with high praise. This second album has the same persuasive mix of poetry, raw splendour and poignancy, with exceptio.... More »
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Danielle de Niese webchat – post your questions now + MORE

The classical soprano is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat from 12pm GMT on Thursday 8 December – post them in the comments below 4.17pm GMT After a whirlwind early start in LA, winning an Emmy for TV presenting while still in her teens, the soprano Danielle de Niese has brough.... More »

Lyric Opera of Chicago Friday will stage the Midwest premiere of a recently rediscovered and highly-acclaimed Holocaust-themed “The Passenger” by Mieczyslaw Weinberg next season.

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Seattle Opera Announces Finalists for 2014 International Wagner CompetitionSeattle Opera Announces Finalists for 2014 International Wagner CompetitionTen Singers to Compete for $60,000 in Prizes at 7:30 p.m. on August 7, 2014 at McCaw HallGeneral Director Speight Jenkins announced the singers selected for Seattle Opera’s popular International Wagner Competition on August 7, 2014The competition is part of a celebratory weekend which also includes a concert and dinner in honor of Speight Jenkins’ three decades at the helm of Seattle Opera (and featuring 15 of the company’s favorite singers) on August 9…

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Barbican 2014-15 (2) BBCSO plus

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Barbican 2014-15 (2) BBCSO plusThere’s hope for classical music in London!  The Barbican 2014-2015 season is a lot stronger than it looks at first glance. It’s a relief to get away from gimmicks and back to “own curated” series created by musicians rather than marketing men.To prove the point, the Barbican is hosting a traverse of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies, where Sakari Oramo will be conducting the BBCSO…

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Shadwell Opera on a TV box near you

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You can add this to the ongoing attempts by smaller companies to get publicity and to add a new slant to their operatic offerings. Shadwell Opera is next up with two short films to show up on Channel 4′s Random Acts series, following up a long tradition of artist’s films shown in their graveyard slots…

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Le droit du canard

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Le droit du canardOh, we’ve a veritable cassoulet of canards to feast upon this week, cher public, courtesy of our old friend Rupert Christiansen.
In a little essay with the provocative title “Why opera directors must stop patronising people,” Mr. C. attempts to make a number of points, none of which I think he lands with any success…

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Superb Strauss and Prokofiev from Nelsons and the CBSO

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 Strauss, Prokofiev, Erin Wall (soprano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 15.1.2014 (JQ) Strauss: Don Juan Four Last Songs  Prokofiev:Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 Morning Dance Montagues and Capulets Juliet as a Young Girl Scene (the Street Awakens) Dance Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene) Masks Minuet (the Arrival of […]

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BBCSO/Bychkov – review

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BBCSO/Bychkov – reviewBarbican, LondonThe BBCSO delivered one the greatest performances of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in recent yearsSemyon Bychkov’s latest concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is best described as a thing of very different halves. The works that formed the programme – Martinů’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – were both written during the second world war, but they’re poles apart in scope and intent…

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COC to Revive Atom Egoyan's Walkure - 2014-2015Canadian Opera Company have just announced their 214-23015 season. Amongst the usual suspects is a revival of Atom Egoyan’s Walkure from 2006.Conductor Johannes DebusDirector Atom EgoyanSet and Costume Designer Michael LevineLighting Designer David FinnBrünnhilde Christine GoerkeSiegmund Clifton ForbisSieglinde Heidi MeltonWotan Johan ReuterMore at: COC

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Showing the same skill that he brought to his extraordinary staging of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Claus Guth turns Monteverdi’s opera into an autopsy of bereavement

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French Composers’ Names – Germaine TailleferreFrench composer Germaine Tailleferre (1893-1983) is best-known today as the only female member of the French composer’s group Les Six, but, along with her colleagues Auric, Durey, Honegger, Milhaud, and Poulenc, she was a composer of considerable imagination whose works still resonate. After studying composition at the Paris Conservatoire, Tailleferre became part of the avant-garde art and music scene, spending time with Picasso, Satie, and Cocteau, as well as Ravel…

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Antara Ensemble in Bach, Bizet, Grieg, Jacob & Kioulaphides Tues., Feb. 11, 2014, 8 PM, St. Peter’s Church at Citicorp, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street, NYCLil’ Lite O’ Mine; Harold Jones, fluteWilliam Foster McDanielOn Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM, at Saint Peter’s Church at CitiCorp, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, conductor/flutist Harold Jones leads the Antara Ensemble in a program to include J. S. Bach’s Ich Habe Genug (with baritone Thomas Buckner), Georges Bizet’s Adagietto, Edward Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op…

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Boss quits orch after 20 years to run composer bash

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Boss quits orch after 20 years to run composer bashPress release: Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s general manager Tuomas Kinberg to become an organizer for the 2015 Sibelius anniversary year photo: Kinberg signs chief conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste   The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s general manager Tuomas Kinberg is to become an organizer for the events in Lahti that will mark Sibelius’s 150th anniversary year in 2015…

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The case for complexity

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Pianist Nicolas Hodges on why he relishes a ‘difficult’ modern repertoire

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